OP13: 「breakthrough」 by GOING UNDER GROUND
FAIRY TAIL enters a new season (4th one) and a new arc, a canon one to be more specific. This is the second time the anime and the manga (with only ~50 chapters apart) are on the same arc. While I am a bit worried, I’m also super excited.
While it is a new arc, we were still given a chance to properly say “good bye” to Zentopia with a party à la FAIRY TAIL – noisy, cheerful, and generous. It was a good move by the writers to dedicate the first half of this episode to the Legion Corps not only because it was an amusing A-part, but also because it served well as a transitional moment for us. I’m not a big fan of diving head first into arcs, mostly because I really appreciate the characters in FAIRY TAIL and I love to see them having fun. The party itself showed us another side of the Legion Corps now that they’ve changed. Samuel and Lily’s battle was joyful instead of being filled with hatred, Hughes realized that she can make friends, Coco admitted she doesn’t hate cats, Sugarboy got his spicy message from Gray, Gatman will build up the destroyed cities, Byro showed us he can smile creepily, and Dan… was just being Dan. We also found out who Michelle Lobster really is and why Lapointe used her. No one was left out in the end. All’s well that ends well!
Having said that, we’re now on a new arc called “The Grand Magic Games” – the title itself was briefly mentioned in the preview and it’s also splattered all over the new opening sequence. I like the new opening; it’s a fun song and it suits the sequence. The ending one is better though. We have Mavis walking from one arc to another with a very beautiful song playing in the background. I’m sure I’ve said this before but I love almost every FAIRY TAIL ending with a few exceptions.
Seven years is a long time and many things have happened while FAIRY TAIL slowly broke down and reached the bottom spot on the guild rankings’ list. There is a new, guild in town called Sabertooth and it happens to be a strong one. Like FAIRY TAIL, they also have dragon slayers. Meet Sting Eucliffe (Sakurai Takahiro), a blond young man who appears to have been a fan of Natsu. With him he has an Exceed called Lector (Yajima Akiko) – a very sturdy male cat. We also have Rogue Cheney (Suzumura Kenichi), a gloomy guy who used to be a fan of Gajeel. Like Sting, he also has an Exceed – Frosch (Koorogi Satomi), a female (I think, but I’m not sure) cat that looks like a frog. Given the way these two dragons handled the soldiers’ (from a dark guild) approach, we can clearly see that they’re no good, plus we know that they come from the guild which happens to be the currently strongest one in Fiore (they took on a dark guild on their own)….
Now that these two guys who appear to think that they’ve surpassed their idols are in the center of attention, it’s quite obvious that we’ll have them facing the dragons of FAIRY TAIL, namely the two they used to look up to. Based on the opening sequence, we can assume that the guilds will have a showdown in the Grand Magic Games. I’m a bit surprised to see everyone wearing purple outfits (I thought they were wearing something dark blue or black), but it’ll be easy to get used to that because we have many episodes ahead of us.
This episode is the beginning of FAIRY TAIL’s 4th season, or 4th anime year to be more specific, so I guess the anime will run another year for now which I think is great but I do smell fillers or dragged out battles up ahead, but I don’t mind that as long as everything is done well.
Aside from the devastating news that FAIRY TAIL has been surpassed by every guild in Fiore, everything else was quite joyous. Maybe it’s because of Natsu’s amazing attitude? I find it very admirable that he sees this situation as a challenge rather than bad news. Optimistic people are so lovable, especially in anime (yes, I’m a Natsu fangirl and I’m not afraid to admit it).
On to the more serious part of the episode where we have Makarov revealing the ultimate secret of his guild to Gildarts who is going to be the new master of FAIRY TAIL! Beneath the guild’s old building lies a secret room where the masters’ shared secret can be found – Lumen Histoire. It’s hard to say what it is now but it’s definitely going to be something big. Having said that, it looks like we’re up for some action next week when Natsu is going to practice his magic before the games begin.
ED13: 「キミがくれたもの」 (Kimi ga Kureta Mono) by 工藤 静香 (Shizuka Kudou)